In what may be a sign of our violent times, especially after Sunday’s tragic shootings in Kansas City, California State University San Marcos is offering workshops on two campuses entitled “Surviving an Active Shooter.”

The workshops at campuses in San Marcos and Temecula are designed to help people survive and manage shooting incidents until emergency medical personnel and law enforcement arrive.

Instructor Ron Hackenberg, a former police chief with 35 years’ experience, will teach students to assess their environments in a new light and become prepared to take appropriate actions if and when the need arises. Hackenberg teaches that awareness and preparation are more important than physical ability and that survival techniques can be mastered regardless of age or physical condition.

The workshops are Wednesday, April 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the San Marcos campus, and on Thursday, May 15, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Temecula campus.

Seating is limited and reservations are required via online at or by phone at (760) 750-4020.

The workshops are being offered through Cal State San Marcoss Extended Learning program, the university’s academic outreach arm.

— From a CSUSM press release

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.